St Louis’ Adam Wainwright pitched a shutout to extend Colorado’s hitless streak to epic proportions as the Cardinals beat the Rockies 3-0 on Saturday.
The Rockies were held hitless in 49 consecutive at-bats over two games of this series before breaking the drought in the eighth inning.
Also on Saturday, Madison Bumgarner struck out 11 as San Francisco crushed Atlanta, Vernon Wells starred with bat and glove as the New York Yankees edged Kansas City, and Minnesota downed Baltimore.
Cleveland hung on for a nail-biting win at Detroit, Philadelphia ended Arizona’s five-game winning streak and Toronto beat Boston thanks to a ninth-inning Adam Lind homer.
Colorado’s 49 at-bats is the longest hitless stretch since 1981 when the Los Angeles Dodgers went 50 at-bats without a knock, according to STATS.
Wainwright (5-2) struck out seven for his second shutout of the season and sixth of his career. The Cardinals won for the ninth time in 10 games.
San Francisco’s Madison Bumgarner (4-1) struck out a season-high 11 over seven innings as the Giants downed Atlanta 10-1 in a match of National League divisional leaders.
Gregor Blanco entered in the fifth as a pinch hitter for the Giants and drove in four runs. He had a three-run double and triple in setting a career high for RBIs.
New York’s Vernon Wells hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the fifth inning then made a long-running game-ending catch that preserved a victory as the Yankees won 3-2 at Kansas City.
New York starter Andy Pettitte (4-2) showed off his mastery of the Royals once more, allowing two runs in seven stellar innings. The 40-year-old struck out seven and improved to 15-3 in his career against the Royals.
Minnesota’s Ryan Doumit homered while Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau each had three hits as the Twins beat Baltimore 8-5.
Minnesota starter Vance Worley (1-4) struggled through five 1-3 innings, but a strong performance by Minnesota’s bullpen enabled him to earn his first win in 13 starts.
Cleveland closer Chris Perez got Miguel Cabrera to hit a game-ending groundout with two batters on base, giving the Indians a 7-6 win over Detroit.
It was 7-5 when Perez allowed an unearned run in the ninth, but with men on first and second, Cabrera hit a weak grounder to third to end it.
Tigers’ starter Justin Verlander (4-3) was erratic early, allowing three runs in the first two innings. He settled a bit after that, but the Indians took a 6-1 lead before Detroit closed the gap with a four-run seventh.
Indians starter Ubaldo Jimenez (3-2) outpitched him, allowing one run in six innings, striking out eight with one walk. He has won three straight starts for the first time since joining Cleveland in 2011.
Philadelphia’s Cliff Lee pitched seven scoreless innings to lead the Phillies to a 3-1 win over Arizona.
Lee (4-2) won consecutive road starts for the first time since 2011.
Jimmy Rollins drove in a pair of runs for the Phillies, who snapped a three-game losing streak.
Down 2-0, Arizona loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh before pinch-hitter Will Nieves grounded out.
Toronto’s Adam Lind hit a tiebreaking homer off Boston closer Junichi Tazawa leading off the ninth inning and the Blue Jays hung on for a 3-2 win over the Red Sox.
Lind belted a 2-2 pitch from Tazawa (2-2) into the center field bleachers.
The struggling Blue Jays had blown a 2-0 lead in the eighth.